Mikel Arteta admits Mohamed Elneny injury could force move for midfielder | Arsenal

Mikel Arteta admits that rising considerations over Mohamed Elneny’s knee injury could force Arsenal again into the market for midfield cowl earlier than the switch window closes.

Elneny was injured in coaching earlier than Arsenal’s win over Tottenham earlier this month and with the Egyptian dealing with a prolonged lay-off, the Premier League leaders have an unwelcome complication.

Arteta has strengthened in protection by signing Jakub Kiwior from Spezia and in assault with the addition of Leandro Trossard from Brighton however is frightened a couple of lack of canopy behind Granit Xhaka and Thomas Partey.

Albert Sambi Lokonga is but to persuade that he generally is a long-term resolution in defensive midfield and Arsenal, who’re anticipated to move for West Ham’s Declan Rice in the summertime, could look for short-term options earlier than Tuesday’s deadline. There is curiosity in Everton’s Amadou Onana and the opportunity of a move for Juventus’s Weston McKennie.

“We want some extra cowl within the midfield, ideally if we will,” Arteta stated. “In this market it is fairly difficult to try this. The most vital factor is that we get the performances and the time on the pitch that we’d like with the gamers we’ve got obtainable immediately which are already actually good.”

Arteta, whose facet visited Manchester City within the fourth spherical of the FA Cup on Friday, didn’t sound hopeful about Elneny. “He had some points along with his knee that we’re assessing in the mean time and we should see how he evolves within the subsequent couple of days,” he stated. “There are considerations, particularly as a result of Mo is a participant who by no means complains about something. But let’s have a look at.”

The supervisor was pressed for an replace on Gabriel Jesus. The striker has urged that he could be again from his knee injury within the subsequent 4 to 5 weeks. “With him, I do not know,” Arteta stated. “He needs to be right here subsequent week, but it surely’s unrealistic. He’s pushing and driving everybody to the restrict. I am unable to provide you with a solution. Hopefully will probably be weeks and never months, but it surely was a critical injury and we have to respect that course of as nicely.”

Arsenal are 5 factors forward of City and have a sport in hand on Pep Guardiola’s group, however Arteta, who could rotate, rejected options that the Cup tie could have a psychological bearing on the title race. The two sides are but to fulfill this season, with their first Premier League assembly scheduled for February 15.

“I feel they are going to be two very totally different video games,” Arteta stated. “And to place similarities into them, it is rather unreal, primarily for the gamers who can be on the pitch. The context is extraordinarily totally different. It is vital to play nicely and to win and that offers you extra momentum.”

Arteta, who was Guardiola’s assistant earlier than becoming a member of Arsenal, added that his relationship with City’s supervisor has not modified now that they’re preventing one another for the title.

“I at all times hoped that that was going to be the case someday and it is occurring this season,” he stated. “That’s not going to alter any friendship, the moments that we’ve got, how vital he’s in my life, how vital he’s in my occupation. We’re each prepared to win and defend our golf equipment in any method.”

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